The world population is projected to reach nine billion by 2050,
and in the coming years, global food demand is expected to increase
by 50% or more. Higher crop productivity gains in the future will
have to be achieved in developing countries through better natural
resources management and crop improvement. After nitrogen,
phosphorus (P) has more widespread influence on both natural and
agricultural ecosystems than any other essential plant element. It
has been estimated that 5.7 billion hectares of land worldwide
contain insufficient amounts of available P for sustainable crop
production, and P deficiency in crop plants is a widespread problem
in various parts of the world. However, it has been estimated that
worldwide minable P could last less than 40 years. For sustaining
future food supplies, it is vital to enhance plant P use
efficiency. To bring the latest knowledge and research advances in
efficient management of P for economically viable and
environmentally beneficial crop production in sustainable
agriculture, Phosphorus Management in Crop Production contains
chapters covering functions and diagnostic techniques for P
requirements in crop plants, P use efficiency and interactions with
other nutrients in crop plants, management of P for optimal crop
production and environmental quality, and basic principles and
methodology regarding P nutrition in crop plants. The majority of
research data included are derived from many years of field,
greenhouse, and lab work, hence the information is practical in
nature and will have a significant impact on efficient management
of P-fertilizers to enhance P use efficiency, improve crop
production, promote sustainable agriculture, and reduce P losses
through eluviations, leaching, and erosion to minimize
environmental degradation. A comprehensive book that combines
practical and applied information, Phosphorus Management in Crop
Production is an excellent reference for students, professors,
agricultural research scientists, food scientists, agricultural
extension specialists, private consultants, fertilizer companies,
and government agencies that deal with agricultural and
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